Meet the Counselors

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Liane de Souza

A native of Brazil, Liane de Souza has been a faculty at Southern Adventist University’s School of Education and Psychology since 2003. Liane also worked full-time at the Counseling and Testing Services where she coordinated counseling services to Sothern’s students.  

Liane de Souza holds a Ph.D. in General Education Psychology from Walden University and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Adventist University. In addition, she holds a BA degree in languages, double majoring in Portuguese and English, a BS in Education, majoring in Elementary and Secondary Teaching, a BS in Education, double majoring in School Supervision and Administration, and an AS in Nursing.

Liane is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor (LPCC-S), a National Certified Counselor (NBCC), and Professional Life Coaching (LC). Liane is a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) provider. In addition, she has several certifications in crisis management, emergency services, children and school crisis, and substance abuse crisis. Her specialties include stress management, coping skills, self-esteem problems, anger management, depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, couples and family conflicts, emotional and behavioral problems.

Liane enjoys helping people as a therapist and a professor by using her knowledge of human behavior to promote mind development and transformation of lives. She seeks to see Jesus in every creature and treats all as we would like to be treated.

Liane loves to spend time with her family – her husband, three grown up children, and four grandsons. Her hobbies include listening to music, reading, and travelling. When in Brazil, she travelled to most states and lived in three of them. Likewise, in USA, she visited several states and lived in three.

Sherilyn Lacy


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Sherilyn Lacy, LPC-MHSP and certified EMDR therapist, completed her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in September, 2013 at Southern Adventist University. She has experience counseling people struggling with depression, anxiety, anger, grief, marital and family conflict, post-traumatic stress, and other issues. Sherilyn’s special interest is engaging people’s hearts in their own healing journey and encouraging them to practice compassion toward themselves and others. She says, “A lot of the emotional pain I experienced in my own life before beginning my healing journey was because I didn’t know how to treat myself compassionately.” 

Sherilyn offers individual therapy for adults. The foundation of her approach to counseling is a belief in a loving, present, and powerful God. The counseling theory she most incorporates in her counseling approach is the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Theory, the theory upon which Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is based. Sherilyn completed her EMDR Therapy training in March, 2016. She integrates elements of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, client-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment theory, family systems theory, and other theories in her counseling. She currently practices at Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists Counseling Center and at Center for EMDR Therapy in Chattanooga.